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Not only is Lasseter in as Disney's Animation president...David Stainten ... the current president isn't just stepping down...he's leaving Disney entirely. Lest you feel too bad for him, this is the jack@$$ who officially let go the last of Disney's traditional animators in Florida and THEN sent out a letter to them asking them to keep their fingers crossed during Oscar night for Brother Bear.

"You're fired! Keep your fingers crossed that we win the Oscar for all your hard work!"


Anyway... he's gone.

I'm telling you... this is a BIG day in terms of Disney history of which I am a junkie.


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Jan. 25th, 2006 04:36 am (UTC)
That may mean that Disney stock will go up again. My sister has shares. I have none. Sniff
Jan. 25th, 2006 10:29 pm (UTC)
Okay, so where do you fall on the recent attempts by Disney to acquire Pixar?

For what it's worth, I'm against it. I'd like for them to remain nice and independent. Where they have been, when making all of their other, fine work. It seems obvious, by now, that Disney is not, in recent years, in the habit of treating its animators with respect.

Look at how poorly Disney handled Miyazaki's work... that stuff pisses me off too. Harumph.
Jan. 25th, 2006 10:47 pm (UTC)
Initially I was rather nervous but with the placement of Lasseter in as Chief Creative Officer and Ed Catmull as President of Animation over Pixar AND Disney many of my qualms have been comforted.

I was afraid that the toxic environment at Disney with it's excessive mismanagement and executives who think they know how to make cartoons would spill over into Pixar without a really good firewall. Instead it seems that the deal means that Pixar gets to spill over into Disney.

It's going to be a number of years before we can REALLY see the effects of what this means...Disney does already have a few projects underway...American Dog and `Rapunzel Unbraided' (and oh please let them change THAT title!) and Pixar has their own irons in the fire.

The really big question is what will happen with Circle 7...the 3D unit Eisner put together to specifically make Pixar sequels. (Those of us wags in the animation biz called it "Pixaren't."

There's plenty of rumor and speculation but when all is said and done...we'll just have to see.

(and that's what you get for asking an animator.) ;)
Jan. 26th, 2006 02:13 am (UTC)

Though I'm not feeling quite so optimistic about this deal. Here is more fuel for the pyre I intend to put Eisner on...

Disney just doesn't seem to have the magic in their eyes anymore. Great park. So-so productions. BAD, EVIL creative control.
Jan. 27th, 2006 03:52 am (UTC)
I found it amusing that today's press releases didn't grace Pixaren't with their official name, "Circle 7", but instead referred to them as "The Pixar Sequels unit". slap slap slap.

It's got to kind of suck to have been of the staff of Circle 7. But hopefully the Pixar folks will vacuum up the talent, and incorporate them into the Pixar teams without bad blood.
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